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Listening to the Judge

When Greece was as its mecca, bemas were used, a raised area for a public official who either made speeches from a stepped position or served as a judge for legal cases.  292 more words


Word of the Day: 3/21/16 - 3/25/16

Good morning! It’s  day two of spring, and here in Maine we are experiencing a white-out snowstorm. Ah, weather. For those of you not on the eastern seaboard or in the U.S., I hope you’re enjoying a more pleasant-weather Monday. 325 more words

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Reading the Didascalia in Syria: insights from Judith H. Newman

Have just read Judith H. Newman, “Three contexts of Manasseh’s prayer in the Didascalia” Journal of the Canadian Society for Semitic Studies 7 (2007), 3-17 (which may be found on academia.edu). 222 more words


Speak Lord: Help us speak, help us listen

The first reading at Mass today – the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – comes from the book of Numbers.  It is a somewhat obscure narrative about the establishing of a cohort of elders to relieve Moses of some of the onerous work as leader of the people. 468 more words


Post election update

Artists and voluntary arts organisations, like most others, are preparing to tighten their belts as austerity looks set to rise to even more severe levels.  Further reduction in funding and fewer funding streams will make the already challenging task of employing staff, funding projects or even core activity even more difficult.   523 more words


Bema Churches Mystery. Early Church

This book explores the use of the bema platform in early Syrian Orthodox churches. The bema was a raised platform from which Scripture was read in the synagogue, which was adopted by early Christian churches.

Review of Biblical Literature.

Church History